Courtney and Erin
Courtney & Erins Trek for Womens Rights
Fundraising for UN Women National Committee Australia
Courtney and Erin are part of the very passionate Diversity & Inclusion team with Compass Group Australia. Creating opportunities and breaking down barriers for disadvantaged peoples are huge passions that Courtney and Erin both share.
As part of the D&I team, working across Australia, identifying opportunities for women to excel in their aspirations is a large part of what drives us. When we saw this opportunity with Trek for Women’s Rights, that raises funds to support the UN, we jumped at it. Not only raising funds to support education and equitable opportunities, but also increasing awareness to the struggles that women globally still face.
Further to this incredible opportunity for impact in supporting women’s rights, which is one of Compass Groups core D&I strategic pillars, is the opportunity to learn more of the rich, ancient history of Australia’s Red Centre along the iconic Larapinta Trail. Learning, recognising, and celebrating First Nations history across Australia is another core Pillar of our D&I DNA and one we are extremely passionate about. Add in some good ol’ exercise and appreciation for nature to top it off and we’re incredibly excited to kick off fundraising for an incredible cause!
All funds will go towards UN Women's Second Chance Education Program, which works with grassroots organisations and partners to reach women who have missed out on an education due to cultural barriers, gender-based violence, conflict and early marriage and childhood pregnancy. The program provides face-to-face, online and blended adult learning and skills training for women who need it most to ensure we leave no one behind.
Did you know:
- For $36, we can offer five women an hour of online tutoring
- For $100, we can support one woman to complete her Secondary Certificate
Every bit counts! Even a small donation can go and extremely long way.
Still today, half a billion of the world’s illiterate adults are women. This trend has not changed in 20 years. We know that during conflict, girls are 2.5 times more likely to drop out of school than boys are and 48% of girls who are out-of-school today are unlikely to ever enrol in school.
Women who have missed out on an education due to humanitarian crisis, poverty, early marriage, and discriminatory norms, face immense barriers accessing training and job opportunities and participating in the digital world. The lack of access to quality adult education and learning opportunities for women has detrimental knock-on effects. In the last decade, the exclusion of women from the digital world has shaved $1 trillion from the gross domestic product of low and middle-income countries.
When education benefits women and men equally, it delivers unmatched outcomes:
- Educated women are more likely to be healthier, have higher earnings and exercise greater decision-making power within the household
- Educated mothers are twice as likely to school their children
- Every year of education increases a woman’s wage by up to 20%
- Children of educated women are 50% more likely to survive
If you can, please support our Trek for Women’s Rights and help us raise meaningful funds for the world’s women and girls.